First, Maurice and I worked on doing more work on the fuel tank. We finished making the filler neck cuts into the fuel tank base, and welded it all up to create nearly all of the fuel tank. We had to make a minor modification to the filler neck angle (i.e., it didn't fit with the frame geometry...oops), but overall, we were all very happy with the final product.
|Making the first cut into the fuel tank base|
|Maurice happy with the final product|
|Close-up of the filler neck welds...after the slight hiccup|
|Comparison between the new design and the old design...big difference in geometry|
The next major project that we were able to accomplish was the beginning of making the wax intake runner molds. We redesigned the molds this year to allow for the wax to properly cool standing straight up (In other words, we added a slight angle to the base). The plan is to wrap each runner in carbon fiber, vacuum bag with epoxy, and then melt the wax out to leave a perfectly formed carbon fiber tube.
|Melting the wax to put in the molds|
|Letting the wax cool down in the molds...mmm|
|Put together and waiting for epoxy|
|Setting the air induction system with epoxy|
|Final assembled intake - and yes, that is a total weight of under 0.8 pounds|
|Exhaust primaries and secondaries mocked up in the frame for tack welding|
|Exhaust installed on old cylinder head waiting to be fully welded|
|Duke "D" on the garage door|
|The master artist at work|
|Close to final product minus some final coats and pin-striping|
|Comparing the SolidWorks drawings to the frame|
|Current status of the garage|
We, at Duke Motorsports, want to wish everyone a great holiday break with family and friends. Until 2013...